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Forum: DIY 03-07-2012, 12:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,326
Posted By Tbakes
I am derelict in posting a write up of my 5' 180...

I am derelict in posting a write up of my 5' 180 with LEDs - using O2's drivers, I am running 48 neutral white XPGs and 24 XPE RBs at about 12" over the tank. It is prolly 40" to the sand. 60deg...
Forum: DIY 12-14-2011, 04:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,165
Posted By Tbakes
interested in seeing details on the DIY filters...

interested in seeing details on the DIY filters...
Forum: DIY 12-04-2011, 12:41 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 41,791
Posted By Tbakes
Any update on this? Even though I can't get all...

Any update on this? Even though I can't get all my strings lit concurrently, I'm interested in the new Typhoon code!
Forum: Tank Journals 09-26-2011, 02:31 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,902
Posted By Tbakes
Ok - great. I was wrong about the setup if that...

Ok - great. I was wrong about the setup if that is the case that there is a barb-type fitting on the end. From the photos, it looked like the vinyl tubing was attached directly over the threaded...
Forum: Tank Journals 09-26-2011, 01:50 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,902
Posted By Tbakes
Yes. Standard bulkheads are designed to have PVC...

Yes. Standard bulkheads are designed to have PVC pipe glued (or screwed if threaded) into the INSIDE diameter of the bulkhead.

Do a google image search and you'll turn up many pics showing the...
Forum: Tank Journals 09-24-2011, 07:53 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,902
Posted By Tbakes
Just a cautionary note - in the pics of the...

Just a cautionary note - in the pics of the under-stand plumbing, it looks like you connected vinyl tubing and hoseclamps on the outside of the bulk head fittings? Are the hose-barb styled bulkheads...
Forum: DIY 09-19-2011, 03:40 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 41,791
Posted By Tbakes
Aaron / Sink - I'm getting closer to my...

Aaron / Sink -

I'm getting closer to my control box build (seriously - I almost have my plumbing done, electronics in the near future finally!).

How would I go about re-programming my unit? ...
Forum: DIY 09-09-2011, 04:28 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 41,791
Posted By Tbakes
Very cool - I'd like to upgrade my controller...

Very cool - I'd like to upgrade my controller with the new code once it is worked out!
Forum: Tank Journals 09-03-2011, 11:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,551
Posted By Tbakes
Thanks 150! Those look like a nicer, non-folding...

Thanks 150! Those look like a nicer, non-folding version of a pair I had back during my last run with planted tanks (~2001-2003).

I'll check em out next time I hit up That Fish Place (only about...
Forum: Tank Journals 09-02-2011, 12:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,551
Posted By Tbakes
Yeah - I am a little concerned with that. After...

Yeah - I am a little concerned with that. After the break-in period, I'll likely get rid of stem plants and transition to slower-growing plants that don't need constant pruning. Planning to have a...
Forum: Tank Journals 09-02-2011, 03:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,551
Posted By Tbakes
Ok, so I decided to keep everything here rather...

Ok, so I decided to keep everything here rather than putting into the DIY forum... This is not what they do on Reefcentral, but seams like a way to keep everything in one place.

So, anyhow, here...
Forum: Tank Journals 09-01-2011, 04:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,551
Posted By Tbakes
Bookcases were done in May!! Like I said, was a...

Bookcases were done in May!! Like I said, was a slacker and busy with summer!
Forum: Tank Journals 09-01-2011, 02:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,551
Posted By Tbakes
34341 Here's the pic. These are my 3 yo...

34341

Here's the pic. These are my 3 yo twin boys, and are 43" tall for sizing purposes...

In terms of overflow - note the black outline behind the tank? - that is an opening to the closet...
Forum: Tank Journals 09-01-2011, 01:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,551
Posted By Tbakes
I'm stuck in a van driving the family to MA, so...

I'm stuck in a van driving the family to MA, so what a better time than now to post a quick update!

Decided to refinish the stand and build a new canopy, and busy with work, so progress has been...
Forum: DIY 07-28-2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,079
Posted By Tbakes
I ran a 2213 like this for probably 6 years, and...

I ran a 2213 like this for probably 6 years, and the 2217 around 5. All with stock impellers at high CO2 levels. Impellers looked like new. Eheims (atleast the German built ones) are like tanks. ...
Forum: DIY 07-23-2011, 05:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,079
Posted By Tbakes
I did exactly this with a 2213 and a 2217 for...

I did exactly this with a 2213 and a 2217 for many years before diffusers made it to the states. Nothing fancy required - just run the tubing directly into the inlet strainer. You could drill a...
Forum: DIY 06-15-2011, 10:16 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 25,098
Posted By Tbakes
Hoppy - I'm about to start a similar build and...

Hoppy - I'm about to start a similar build and would like more details on your wiring (e.g. awg for each run) and the DIN connectors and multi-conductor cables you used. Do you have some detailed...
Forum: DIY 05-25-2011, 02:47 AM
Replies: 760
Views: 158,537
Posted By Tbakes
Mine is doing well - seems very efficient based...

Mine is doing well - seems very efficient based on my unscientific observation of gas consumption (bps) vs drop checker color. Plants still growing like mad. Need to get ferts right and fix some...
Forum: DIY 05-23-2011, 02:29 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 38,347
Posted By Tbakes
-Update for my build: LED order placed ...

-Update for my build:

LED order placed
Power supplies arrived
Arduino and RTC module arrived.

Need to source:
Heatsinks / aluminum scrap
Wire / connectors (if anyone has a good...
Forum: DIY 05-18-2011, 06:14 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 38,347
Posted By Tbakes
Red - yes, so far it looks like the plan is in...

Red - yes, so far it looks like the plan is in series.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pHosting/t/5208_quad_cat4101_WIRING_DIAGRAMa.jpg

Aaron indicated that we can adjust the voltage from the...
Forum: DIY 05-17-2011, 09:32 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 38,347
Posted By Tbakes
So, per Aaron, due to the voltage differences, I...

So, per Aaron, due to the voltage differences, I would need to segregate the Royal Blue XREs to a single driver board, so would need a 48 white to 24 blue mix. I am just worried I'd have too much...
Forum: DIY 05-17-2011, 02:13 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 38,347
Posted By Tbakes
Thanks Red - so you think I could do 18 Royal...

Thanks Red - so you think I could do 18 Royal Blue XPEs and 54 Neutral White XPGs and with the individual dimming (both PWM and analog on the new drivers) achieve a good balance?

Anyone know of...
Forum: DIY 05-17-2011, 01:45 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 38,347
Posted By Tbakes
Update- Since I was inspired to go LED with...

Update-

Since I was inspired to go LED with Jose's slick setup complete with custom drivers and Arduino control, I decided to go with the same custom drivers (sourced from O2Surplus) and arduino! ...
Forum: DIY 05-16-2011, 06:50 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,955
Posted By Tbakes
As a fellow woodworker and aquarist, I love the...

As a fellow woodworker and aquarist, I love the functionality and the design elements of your stand. I like your use of the CM - cherry and curley maple go together so well!

-Tony
Forum: DIY 05-11-2011, 06:53 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 38,347
Posted By Tbakes
Thanks for the comments folks! So - 72-76...

Thanks for the comments folks!

So - 72-76 LEDs. Now, in terms of control - I need to do some research on the Arduinos. I'd really prefer to pay someone to make this for me - so if anyone is...
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